The pop art of Martin Kreloff

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By MK in New Art on Wednesday 16 March 2011

Martin Kreloff is a second generation pop artist living and working in Las Vegas. His work features iconic stars of Hollywood and Broadway juxtaposed with traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e art. Much like East Meets Mae West.

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Seaweed as art

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 15 February 2011

I love the vibrant colours and slippery energy in Japanese artist Aki Matsumoto’s beautiful seaweed art.

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Shigeko Okada

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By Jinu Yang in New Illustration on Saturday 5 February 2011

I love the new works by illustrator Shigeko Okada. Her relentless quest for detailed storytelling embraces a distinct Japanese visual language. She tells a compelling story of where her imagination is coming from.

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Takashi Murakami at the Château de Versailles

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By Troy Mattison Hicks in New Events on Tuesday 12 October 2010

Causing quite a stir in the art world this month is the Takashi Murakami exhibit at the Château de Versailles. Juxtaposing some of the greatest symbols of history with the slippery psychedelic work of Murakami, this looks like it would be a fun little trip. I bet some art history purists are having a WTF moment about now.

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Face Food Bento Boxes

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By Alison Zavos in New Design on Tuesday 27 October 2009

While perusing Kinokuniya Bookstore on my lunch break, I came across the book, Face Food by Christopher D Salyers. Face Food documents very elaborate Bento boxes called Charaben in which food is made to look like anime characters, animals, plants and flowers. Everyone from Piglet to Pikachu is portrayed, with foods such as broccoli, ham, carrot, cheese, egg, imitation crab meat, and more. I’m blown away by the creativity and time (anywhere from thirty minutes to three hours) that mothers — and father, sometimes — dedicate to making these works of art for their children to take to school.

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Ikeda Manabu

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 7 October 2009

Ikeda Manabu is the perfect example of why the arts need to be funded. How could the Japanese artist have had time to develop his style of impossibly detailed drawings while simultaneously holding down a full-time job?

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Ikeda Manabu

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By Zolton in New Art on Thursday 12 March 2009

Japanese artist Ikeda Manabu creates the most detailed, expressive, and awe inspiring artwork which literally rolls across the canvas with subtle colours amidst waterless wave-like formations. Each work is constructed upon a series of intricate miniatures which play out across broader themes of unrest and movement.

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Steven LaRose

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Saturday 13 September 2008

Steven LaRose’s abstract, inky paintings and drawings are a modern interpretation of Japanese textile and scroll art. While not directly representational, except for some repeated flower-like shapes, LaRose’s images are like apparitions, vaguely hinting at more tangible and recognizable forms.

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David Choe

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Sunday 16 March 2008

LA-based renaissance man David Choe draws from toy culture and comics as much as he does from Japanese painting and conceptual high art.

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Kumi Yamashita

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By Julia Hennock in New Art on Thursday 27 December 2007

If I had a third thumb, I’d give Kumi Yamashita three thumbs up. The Japanese artist creates stunning visual effects with lighting and simple forms, like letters of the alphabet, children’s blocks, and shoeprints. Yamashita finds the rare balance between beauty and brains.

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